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Mabuhay! Welcome Rotonda in Manila and Quezon City
A fitting landmark to welcome the New Year, a photo of Welcome Rotonda, now called Mabuhay Rotonda, located at the boundary of the City of Manila and Quezon City, also marks the end-points of four major streets: España Boulevard, Quezon Avenue, E. Rodriguez Avenue and Mayon St.
picture of the rotonda (roundabout) taken from Quezon City side (Canon Ixus 30). The monuments back is Espana Boulevard leading to Quiapo
History of Welcome Rotonda (now Mabuhay Rotonda)
Architect Luciano V. Aquino designed and built the structure from piles of marble in 1948 during the term of Mayor Ponciano Bernardo when Quezon City was declared the new capital of the Philippines. It was renamed Mabuhay Rotonda in 1995 to reflect a more Filipino name (Mabuhay means Long Live in Filipino), during the term of Mayor Ismael Mathay.
The roundabout is a declared freedom park where demonstrations and rallies can be held. When Tutubi passed by, activists displayed banners calling for the resumption of the GRP-MILF peace talks. Who wouldn't want peace?
How to get there:
Commuting to Welcome Rotonda is easy, jeepneys from Manila going to Quezon City with signbords Cubao, Project 2-3, Project 4, Project 6, Project 7, Project 8, and Lagro/Fairview pass by the imposing landmark. From MRT stations of Quezon Avenue, North Avenue, GMA-Kamuning and Cubao, jeepneys going to Quiapo pass by the intersection.
From Mabuhay Rotonda, at the corner of Kanlaon and Quezon Avenue, jeepneys with signboards Mayon will take you to Dapitan Arcade up to A. Bonifacio and San Francisco del Monte (Frisco) intersection.
Driving Directions: the rotonda (roundabout) can be reached easily from EDSA Cubao via E. Rodriguez, from Quiapo via Espana, from NLEX/Frisco/A. Bonifacio via Mayon and from Quezon Memorial Circle via Quezon Avenue.
Nearby landmarks include PLDT (with its transmission tower), Welcome Supermarket, United Doctors Medical Center (UDMC) and Grand Inihaw.
Lastly, for a road map of Welcome Rotonda, click here